Palmer 2001

RegionBordeaux
SubregionMargaux
ColourRed
TypeStill


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Tasting Notes

Score: 93Robert Parker, Hedonists Gazette, February 2009

A virile, muscular effort for this estate, the 2001 Palmer (a blend of 51% Cabernet Sauvignon, 44% Merlot, and 5% Petit Verdot) exhibits a saturated purple color to the rim. Although closed and backward, it is surprisingly powerful, layered, and formidably endowed, revealing hints of charcoal, black fruits, earth, and underbrush. There is a lot going on in this offering, but it needs 5-7 years of cellaring to resolve its high tannin. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2022.

Score: 90Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (153), June 2004

Score: 90/93Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (146), April 2003

Score: 90/92Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (140), April 2002

A deep garnet core, this has an introverted nose at first but it opens up in the glass to reveal cedar and cigar box aromas with just a hint of black olive interlacing the ripe black fruits. The fineness of the tannins is undeniable the fruit moving into secondary stage with hints of dried herbs and tobacco. Very good structure although it does not quite have the gravitas on the finish. It is more masculine and almost Saint-Julien like in its personality. Fine. Tasted March 2011.

Score: 92Neal Martin, RobertParker.com, May 2011

Medium-garnet colour. The nose is still very youthful with notes of ripe cassis, dark cherries, cloves, graphite, a touch of cedar and a little mint. The medium bodied, well structured palate gives medium-firm tannins, medium+ acidity with a good balance of plump, spicy fruit. The oak needs a little more time to marry and tannins are a little on the firm side but otherwise approachable now. Long finish. Drink now - 2025. Tasted February 2009.

Score: 93Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, RobertParker.com, May 2009

Score: 95/100James Suckling, Wine Spectator, March 2002

Mid crimson. A certain sweetness on the nose and reasonable balance, just a little bit too much oak.

Score: 16Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, October 2007

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